One Dead, 22 Injured After Speeding Car Hits Pedestrians In Times Square

Angie Massey
May 19, 2017

A woman has been killed and 22 more were injured after a vehicle sped over a pavement in Times Square, New York City, said the fire department.

News outlets said the suspect was a 26-year-old male from the city's Bronx borough. He has a history of two DWI arrests, in 2008 and 2015. Rojas, was taken into custody and was undergoing tests for alcohol and drugs.

A vehicle plowed into pedestrians in the heart of midtown Manhattan's Times Square district around noon Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring more than a dozen, a senior official told NBC News.

More than 200 of them were installed past year in partnership with city and Times Square officials to reduce pedestrian injuries and prevent unintentional or terrorist vehicle "incursions", according to bollard maker Calpipe Security Bollards. The deceased was identified as an 18-year-old female. "He didn't stop. He just kept going", he said. Photos from the scene showed multiple victims on the ground near the maroon Honda sedan, which came to rest on two wheels, wedged up against a light pole and 3-feet-tall metal "bollard" barriers.

"Based on the information we have at this moment", said Mayor Bill DeBlasio, "there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism".

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Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician's mate fireman apprentice, according to the Navy . ABC News cited unidentified police sources as saying Rojas had apparently been high on synthetic marijuana.

"You know what the traffic is like here, it's quite congested".

A Navy official says Richard Rojas had been discharged as the result of a special court martial.

He says the driver was "just mowing down people". "I don't think there was actually time for screaming".

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said during his press conference, held about an hour after the chaotic incident, that Richard was a former member of the armed services.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said US President Donald Trump "has been made aware" of the incident. There are many areas where vehicles could be driven onto packed sidewalks or public plazas. Apart from a plethora of stores, broadway theatres and high-rises, Times Square is also home to offices of several financial, entertainment and media firms.

Federal officials have been warning truck owners and truck rental agencies in the be "vigilant" about an increasing frequency of terrorist-related "ramming attacks", NBC News reported earlier this month.

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